Powering You Forward
One of the most exciting parts of driving a European vehicle from brands such as Audi, Jaguar, and Maserati is the lightning-fast responsiveness when you shift gears. Without the ability to quickly upshift and downshift through the gears, you would lose out on much of the amazing performance that these powerful engines produce.
Many will argue about the merits between a traditional, manual transmission and a more modern automatic transmission. Regardless of your preference, they do have one major thing in common — you must ensure that you properly service your transmission to get the most out of your vehicle.
General Transmission Services
Regardless of the type or age of your transmission, just like your engine, it needs internal lubrication to operate properly. Transmission fluid helps coat the gears, reducing heat and friction when they interact with one another. It’s these internal parts working together that move your vehicle up and down through the gears.
As always, the manufacturer of your vehicle has service recommendations you should follow pertaining to how often you should flush and replace your transmission fluid. To make a general recommendation, however, it is recommended that you change this fluid about every 30,000 miles for most vehicles. By completing this routine service, you are potentially saving yourself from much more costly transmission repair bills.
Indications Your Transmission Needs Repair
There are many signs your transmission needs attention – some are much more obvious than others. They include the following:
Your Vehicle No Longer Shifts In or Out of Gears
Movement of Your Vehicle is Restricted
Metallic Sounds or Other Noises Coming from the Transmission
Leaking Transmission Fluid
Check Engine Light Comes On
Since your transmission can be very costly to repair or replace due to the cost of parts and man-hours involved, it’s very important that you immediately bring in your vehicle if you suspect there are issues with your transmission.
The clutch acts as a bridge between the engine and transmission, helping to shift the power and, ultimately, move the vehicle. Many drivers believe clutch replacement is only necessary on manual transmission vehicles, but that is not the case. Both manual and automatic transmissions use a clutch to connect the engine and transmission to deliver power. A manual transmission is, however, set up differently than the encased clutch you’d find in an automatic transmission.
Anatomy of a Manual Transmission
The basic components of a manual transmission include the following:
- Clutch and Clutch Pedal
- Selector Fork and Collar
- Layshaft and Output Shaft
Because manual transmissions give the driver more control, the transmission and clutch may experience more wear and tear than an automatic transmission might. The clutch itself is what generally wears out first, which is why most drivers equate a clutch to a manual transmission.
Your Space Coast Dealership Alternative
Regular maintenance of your transmission with fluid changes is important to help your vehicle last and maintain its high performance. There is no need to pay exorbitant dealership costs for routine maintenance, or for transmission and clutch repairs. Melbourne Motorsports has been the Space Coast’s most trusted auto repair shop for European vehicles for over a decade. We can help you service or repair your transmission with a smile, at a fraction of the cost.